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The role of media in curbing corruption in Kenya : the case of the Nation and the Standard media groups

Author: Mutala, Ruth Ngina

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2912

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Media coverage ; Corruption ; Nation Media Group ; Standard Media Group ;

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This study focuses on corruption in Kenya and the roles that the media play in curbing the problem. According to the Transparency International corruption Index 20 II, Kenya lies towards the bottom as one of the most corrupt countries, at position 154 out of 183 with a perception Index of2.2. Over the years, billions of shillings have been lost through numerous corruption deals, hence deepening the levels of poverty in the country. The problem of corruption in Kenya has existed since independence and seems to only have increased with every new government. Due to the magnitude of the problem, it has become necessary to use all means possible to curb the menace. This study examined the roles that media play in the fight against corruption. Through the agenda setting function, the media have the potential to create awareness by keeping the corruption stories high on the public agenda. At the same time, the media through various gatekeepers, the reporters, the editors and the managers decide what information gets to the masses. The amount and type of information published in the dailies is influenced by various factors such as governance, media regulation and ownership. Both quantitative and qualitative data were used to investigate the roles that media play, the effect of reporting corruption stories and some of the challenges the media experience in performing these roles. Among the findings of the study were that the war against corruption cannot be won without the involvement of media. That the media playa crucial role in creating awareness as well as in putting the government in check and pressuring it to prosecute cases that were reported. It was also found out that a lot of gatekeeping was done from the various levels of management, the editorial team and that many corruption stories went unreported. The media were experiencing numerous challenges such as political influence and the influence of the owners of the media firms. There was need to enhance the freedom of the press (to protect journalists) both through the law and the in-house regulation, thus to ensure more effective and objective reporting of corruption stories and other stories of human interest.

Challenges faced by Nation Media Group in entering East African Common Market

Author: Cherotich, Josephine

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Nation Media Group ; East African Common Market ; Common markets ; Management ;

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This study investigated the challenges faced by Nation Media Group in entering East Africa Common Market. The objective of the study was to determine how the NMG enters into the common East Africa market and also establish the difficulties faced by new entrants on the market. To achieve the objective, a content analysis of major documents at the NMG concerning FDI and expansion was conducted. Interviews from key staff at NMG that are centrally placed in expansion strategy processes were carried out to get an in-depth view of the challenges that NMG and new entrants face. The study will have useful insight to the corporate world in Kenya and may have generated new information that can be used for expansion strategy. The research also advanced the work of previous scholars and academicians. Based on the research findings the study concluded that indeed challenges exist facing expansion strategists. The study anticipated and encountered limitations in terms of literature material, funds and lack of cooperation from respondents but this was dealt with through extra reading, team discussions and input from colleagues at NMG to make a final report a success. From the policy perspective the study implied that the NMG should approach the government whenever the expansion strategic plan is put in place for implementation so that the country diplomatic ties are used as a pathway to ease expansion. The study also recommended that, the government should in practice try to involve the private sector in formulating strategic plans in which both parties could present shortcomings and challenges faced in implementing the strategic plans in particular the expansion into regional markets.

Supply chain strategy and competitive advantage of Nation Media Group Ltd

Author: Kyengo, Elizabeth Ndaize

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Supply chains/Strategic management/Competitive advantage/Nation Media Group/Broadcasting industry ;

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The objective of the study was two folded: to ascertain the effects of Supply Chain Strategies, SCS on NMG's Competitive advantage and establish possible challenges faced in the implementation of such strategies. The researcher interviewed six company executives from varied fields as determined by their level of engagement either in the planning or execution of SCS or reports its performance impacts. There was 100% response. The data collected was assessed through content analysis and to some extent using frequencies and mean tools. The literature review focused on Supply Chain concept as the alignment of supply chain initiatives with the overall business strategy of a company. Potter (1996) supported operational efficiencies but also warned that its unique supply chain activities matched with identified overall strategies that give an organization lasting competitiveness. Such factors linking SCS and performance were highlighted in the research questionnaire to aid the research come up with a conclusion on the case study. An evaluation of a number of selected performance indicators to assess the SCS on NMGs' competitiveness yielded an average score rating of 4 out of 5 (80%), an indication that the relationship is clearly evident. The findings indicated a strong relationship of the various SCS as adopted by NMG and its strong competitive positioning, been a market leader. However, although the Supply Chain initiatives have contributed significantly to the Groups performance, more needs to be done the interviewee reckoned. Benchmarking the NMG supply chain with the best available both regionally and perhaps globally, instituting specific procurement performance measurement tools and driving more collaborations across the business units are seen as great opportunities to deliver sustainable competitive edge for the rapidly growing organization.

Challenges facing women media practitioners in Kenya

Author: Mugwe, Rosemary N

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Gender ; Women ; Broadcasting industry ; Women's studies ; Kenya Broadcasting Corporation ; Royal Media Group ; Standard Media Group ; Nation Media Group ;

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The existence of gender inequalities has continued to undermine human and social development for many decades. Eliminating gender inequality to allow for equal opportunities in all industries including the media is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Although globally women media practitiouers are making significant contribution as workers in the media sector, they are faced with numerous challenges while pursuing their careers in the sector. The aim of this study was to investigate the challenges facing women media practitioners in Kenya and identify ways through which these challenges can be overcome. The study intended to provide a platform to relevant stakeholders in the media industry for addressing gender issues and concerns. The study adopted the gender theory of liberal feminism, a gender theory based on egalitarianism/equality of opportunity and freedom developed by Wollstonecraft. A conceptual framework was logically designed to describe the model of problems, causes, strategies and results of women and challenges in the media houses. The study was based on the assumption that women media practitioners in Kenya face numerous gender-related challenges in their work, which are common and can be overcome. The study was a cross-sectional descriptive survey, focusing on Kenya's four major media houses, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), Royal Media, Standard group and Nation Media Group. The target population comprised of women media practitioners in the editorial department of the four major media houses in Kenya. Purposive sampling method was used to select the target population. A semi- structured questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents followed by interviews to complement the questionnaire survey. Data was analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively by descriptive statistics and presented in tables, charts, graphs and written narratives. The study established that majority of women face gender related challenges to career advancement such as sexual harassment, lack of a clear career path; women are rarely given decision making roles; there's lack of child care policy in the media houses and there is unequal division of labour. The findings also indicated that management's commitment to gender balance and sensitively are still below average and the corporate culture does not support women's participation and career advancement. It was concluded that sexual harassment is of serious concern, gender awareness is far from realisation and most journalists are not aware of the policies that are in place in their respective organizations. The study recommends for media owners and policy makers to develop practical approaches to address gender related issues and concerns at all levels in the media industry. Four areas for further research to establish more insights on gender disparities are recommended.

Social media revolution : exploring the impact on journalism and news media organizations

Author: Mwangi, Aline Wamaitha

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Social media ; Impact analysis ; Journalism ; News media ; Nation Media Group ; Standard Media Group ; Royal Media Group ; Radio Africa ;

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The study sought to investigate the impact of Social media revolution on Journalism and News organizations. The objectives of the study were to explore the impact of social media on journalism and news organization; investigate how media personalities and news organizations are using social media in carrying out their roles and the integration of social media on traditional media and how it has transformed and continues to do so as they embrace social media. The study reviewed relevant literature from various international news organizations like Reuters, BBC and other online news blog sites are using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Y ouTube everyday to gather and disseminate news stories. The study sampled 4 media organizations: Nation media group, Standard Media group, Royal Media group and Radio Africa as its sample population. The researcher was able to observe and participate in the social media pages of all these news organizations on Twitter, Y ouTube and Facebook. Observing how often they posted as well as how the media personalities and journalists in these media houses used social media and interact with their audiences. A focus group discussion and interviews were carried out on journalists within the target population and the researcher identified the impact social media has so far had on journalism Qualitative data analysis was used to analyze the information collected via the Focus group discussion, interviews and observation and to determine the impact social media has had on news organizations and journalism. The key findings of the study indicate that it is now common practice for journalists and news organizations to integrate social media and post links on their social media pages that direct traffic back to the news organizations websites as well as compel audiences to traditional media. The project goes on to show that social media is not a passing phase but here to stay as most of those interviewed guaranteed that social media has not been exhaustively used and new ways of effectively using social media should be sought so as to use this technology that has reshaped not just journalism but all media industry.

An evaluation of the factors that impact on the practice of investigative journalism in Kenya : a case study of the Nation Media Group

Author: Mwamba, James Onyango

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Journalism ; Nation Media Group ; Socioeconomic factors ; Advertising ;

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This study sought to evaluate the factors that impact on the practice of investigative journalism in Kenya using the Nation Media Group as a case study. It begins with a definition of an investigative journalist in Chapter One and gives a background of investigative journalism in Kenya, then briefly discusses the factors that have influenced the practice of the genre in Kenya. The chapter also discusses the problem statement where it is argued that Kenya needs investigative journalism now more than ever. It is argued that the development and practice of investigative journalism in Kenya has been informed by socio-economic, political ethical, professional and legal factors that merit studying. The general objective of this study is to evaluate the positive and negative factors that impact on the practice of investigative journalism in Kenya. Chapter Two has the literature review that informed this study. This section presents arguments from various scholars, and then traces the idea of investigation in journalism back to 1885 in England and the rise of modern-day investigative journalism to 1974 in America. This section also discusses socio-economic, political, legal and industry factors that have shaped the practice of investigative journalism in Kenya. Theories that guided the study are also discussed. Chapter Three discusses the methodology employed. This study uses a mixed approach as a methodology and employs both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. The section also discusses methods of data collection, analysis and presentation employed. Chapter Four has data analysis, presentation and interpretation. The study employed SPSS to analyse data and uses tables and graphs as to present findings. The findings are discussed in prose. Chapter Five has a summary of the findings, recommendations and conclusion. One of the key findings of the study is that while education equips journalists with knowledge and experience, the success of an investigative journalist largely depends on one's practical skills. The study also found out that socio-economic and political factors play a huge role in promoting or hindering investigative journalism. The study concludes that advertisers are the elephant in the house and makes recommendations to improve investigative journalism in Kenya.

An investigation into the role of radio broadcast in using behaviour change communication to deal with hate speech in Kenya; the case of Nation Media Group

Author: Gikonyo, Geoffrey Kamau

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2011

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Nation Media Group ; Radio broadcasting ; Journalistic ethics ; Hate speech ; Negative ethnicity? ;

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In partial fulfillment of a coursework in M.A Degree in Comn:unication Studies at the University of Nairobi, I come up with the idea of tackling Hate Speech. Thus hatched a topic entitled, An investigation into the role of radio broadcast in using Behavior Change Communication to deal with hate speech in Kenya; the case of Nation Media Group. The study was worth doing as problems related to hate speech have continued to increase since . postcolonial era. The emerging results have been harsh, as witnessed during the Post Election Violence (PEV) after the disputed 2007 General Elections (Waki Report; 2008). During PEV after PEV the economic growth rate in Kenya dropped, coupled with lose of lives and properties, as well denting the Kenyan image internationally. Behavior change Communication (BCC) is one of the most essential components of solving problems related to humanity. When planned well, BCC can be a very effective intervention to bring appropriate changes in behavior, especially among populations with high risk behavior. The research used secondary analysis and key respondent research to collect the data for the study. Thus this research project aimed at achieving the following objectives; assess the root causes of hate speech in Kenya, explore ways radio broadcast media can use BCC to eradicate hate speech in Kenya and establish the role of radio broadcast media in dealing with Hate Speech. The study found that Negative Ethnicity is one of the key causes of hate speech in Kenya, as well as politicians, journalists and ordinary Kenyans. Social-cultural aspects and legal features can be very crucial in enhancing behaviour change in regard to hate speech. Radio broadcast can play key role in handling hate speech in Kenya through its role of mobilization, entertainment and information. The results of the study will be used to engage the broadcast media in enhancing proper speech in Kenya, by involving all stakeholders notably the radio audiences, Non Governmental Organisations, international community, Kenyan government, media owners, foreigners, journalists and policymakers.

An assessment of the contribution of Nation Media Group in enviromental conservation: the case of Karura Forest

Author: Gitonga, Elizabeth N M

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2009

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Nation Media Group ; Environmental protection ; Conservation ; Forests ; Karura Forest ;

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There is an increasing worry about climate change globally and its threat on food security especially in the developing countries. Climate change has come about largely due to human activities that harm the environment particularly the destruction of water catchment areas. The effects are enormous - there have been more floods, shortage of food, electricity and recurrent droughts leading to serious humanitarian challenges. The environment is a very critical area in our lives today and the urgent steps we take to protect it will reap great benefits for the generations to come as well. Therefore, in addressing the reasons for the deterioration of the environment, we will be bearing in the mind the need to safeguard our future and that of generations to come. This implies that countries and corporate organisations must integrate interventions that aim at improving the lives of people through protection of the environment, alongside their business interests. The aim of this study, therefore, was to assess the contribution of Nation Media Group in environmental conservation, the case of Karura Forest. Any activities that the Nation Media Group engages in to safeguard Karura Forest and directly targeting communities living adjacent to it was the focus of this study. To achieve the objectives, the study takes a combination of both qualitative and quantitative dimension, and employing various methods of data collection namely administering a questionnaire, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and observation. The sample size for the questionnaire was 60 drawn from people living near the forest. Both purposive and stratified sampling was employed in selecting the respondents. Key informants were interviewed face-to-face. Two focus group discussions were held each comprising of eight members. Data was analysed using simple graphs, bar charts, pie charts and tables to show frequency distribution of the variables. For qualitative data, emerging topics and issues were discussed further. The major finding of the study was that to some extent Nation Media Group had succeeded in creating awareness on environmental conservation. However, other stakeholders were of great influence too.

Factors affecting talent management at nation media group

Author: Wangethi, Mwangi

Awarding University: Strathmore University, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2009

Holding Libraries: Strathmore University Library ;

Subject Terms: Talent Management USE Human resource management/Nation Media Group/Motivation/Retention/Human resource management ;

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The most critical asset of any organization is its human capital. Inevitably, therefore, organizations are continually investing in talent management, which Capelli (2009) describes as the process though which employers ... anticipate their human capital needs and set about meeting them, or simply, the basic people management in organizations. This research sought to explore talent management in its various facets at the Nation Media Group (NMG), Kenya's and Eastern Africa's largest and most influential media organization. By extrapolation, the study sought to establish the causes of talent migration from the media industry to other sectors in Kenya. The research involved the evaluation of NMG's human resources practices and how they may be contributing to staff turnover.The research applied an exploratory design. Primary data was collected through questionnaires and interview guides, targeting a study sample of 98 current and former employees from a population of 980. Additional data collected through an oral interview with the Human Resources Director. Descriptive statistics, namely, frequency tallies and their corresponding percentage scores and Pearson correlation coefficients, were used to analyze the data, suing statistical package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Qualitative analysis involved grouping interview notes into common themes, otherwise known as content analysis. The findings are represented using tables and charts. The study found out that the success of NMG's talent management and, by extension its ability to attract and retain high performers, was influenced primarily by its rewards schemes, the physical working environment, the organizational culture. The quality of leadership and job security were found to have little, if an, significant influence. The study makes several recommendations. Key among these is the critical need for NMG to invest more time and energy to understand employees' expectations, needs and wants, and to establish a partnership with to identify and implement the right mix of solutions.

Determining the impact of labour turnover & absenteeism on an organization's performance : a case of Nation Media Group

Author: Otieno, Erastus Awino

Awarding University: Kenyatta University, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2004

Holding Libraries: Kenyatta University Moi Library ;

Subject Terms: Employee turnover ; Nation Media Group ; Absenteeism ; Organization development ;

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Human resources are one of the most valuable resources of an organization and indeed an organization is nothing without human resources. Since every organization is made up of people, acquiring their services, developing their skills, motivating them to higher levels of performance and ensuring that they continue to maintain their commitment to the organization are essential to achieving organizational objectives. Getting and keeping good people is critical to the success of every organization, whether profit or non-profit, public or private. Maintaining employees is concerned with providing those working conditions that employees believe are necessary in order to maintain their commitment to the organization. One of the objectives of the HR department is to retain employees whose performance helps the organization realize its goals and to release those whose performance is unsatisfactory. One of the main reasons for low productivity within organization is chronic absenteeism among employees. Some degree of absenteeism will always exist, but the HR department can save line supervisors the many non productive hours required to check all absenteeism. Organizations have therefore to realize that Human Resources are more valuable than other resources and that their proper management can tremendously help the organization maximize the utilization of other resources. Human Resources can also greatly influence the organization's performance and determine its achievement of the set objectives. This study therefore sought to look at two important aspects of HR that have often been ignored but definitely have major impact on the organization's performance: - Labour turnover and Absenteeism. The study sought to look at the causes of labour turnover and absenteeism in organizations and how they impact on organizations performance and tried to offer solutions to the problems arising from high labour turnover and absenteeism in organization's performance, having taken Nation Media Group as a case study.